Sacred Seed

A Collection of Essays




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A Collection of Essays

Compiled and edited by
the Global Peace Initiative of Women
with an introduction by Vandana Shiva

“Whatever happens to seed affects the web of life.”
                                                                 —Dr. Vandana Shiva




Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. In our current supermarket lifestyle of pre-packaged products, far removed from the cycles of planting, we have nearly forgotten this mystery. Now as the integrity of the seed is threatened, so is its primal meaning.

Inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva, each essay draws on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions. Mystics, shamans, monastics and priests remind us of the profound sacredness of the seed—how in its purity, it is the source and renewal of all of life.

Tenderly composed of original writings and vibrant photos, this book bears witness that the Earth is alive, and establishes that only by working together with the Earth—with its wonder and mystery—can we help in its healing and  regeneration and once again bring meaning back into the world.

Edited and compiled by the Global Peace Initiative of Women, the book includes contributions from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, H. H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Sister Joan Chittister, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Swami Veda Bharati, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Chief Tamale Bwoya, Blu Greenberg & others

Publication date: November 1, 2014 • Price: $19.95 US
ISBN: 9781890350635 • Page Count: 144 pages
Size: 7.5 by 7.5 inches • Format: Paperback and eBook

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"A Best Spiritual Book of the Year" —Spirituality & Practice

"More than an essay collection, this is a call for worldwide action." —Publishers Weekly

"...This book provides a powerful perspective to temper our unseemly rush to engineer everything within the biosphere."
—David Suzuki, author, The Sacred Balance

"...the brilliant spiritual leaders who contributed their voices to this book are all elevating our dialogue about seeds, and the profound role they hold for the future of all humankind."
—Alice Waters, culinary visionary, and proprietor of Chez Panisse

"This book is timely and timeless in its importance . . ."
—Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director,
Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

"'How many are your works, Lord!
. . . The earth is full of your creatures . . . teeming with creatures beyond number.
. . . May the glory of the Lord endure forever . . .' (Psalms 104).
Whether secular or religious, we must recognize and preserve
the bounty of nature or we stand to lose our very humanity."

—James Hansen, former director,
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Sacred Seed: A Collection of Essays - Book Trailer.

Sister Joan Chittister speaks about Sacred Seed.